Flashback #65: World Series Game 3: Geoff Blum Homer (2005)
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October 25, 2005 – World Series Game 3: Geoff Blum Homer
Not only was Game 3 the first World Series game ever played in the state of Texas, it was also the longest game in World Series history.
The 14-inning thriller clocked in at 5 hours and 41 minutes, tying Game 2 of the 1916 World Series for the most innings ever play in a World Series game.
Trailing 4-0 to start the fifth inning, the White Sox posted five runs in the inning off starter Roy Oswalt, sparked by Joe Crede’s leadoff home run. The rally was capped off by A.J. Pierzynski’s two-out, two-run double to Tal’s Hill. The double gave the White Sox their first lead of the game, 5-4.
The Astros tied the game in the eighth inning when Jason Lane’s double scored Morgan Ensberg.
The game would remain scoreless for the next five innings until Geoff Blum, a former Astro, stepped up to the plate in the 14th inning. With two outs in the inning, Blum homered to right field off Ezequiel Astacio to give the White Sox the lead, ultimately proving to be the difference in the game.
“It’s the stuff dreams are made of,” Blum said after the game. “I’ve had about a 100 of these at-bats in the backyard with my younger brother.”
Astacio allowed the White Sox to load the bases on two infield singles and a walk, then forced in another run by walking Chris Widger on a 3-2 pitch.
Mark Buehrle, who pitched seven innings in Game 2, came on in the bottom of the 14th to earn his first save of the postseason.
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